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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of Statistics

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The Graduate Faculty offers various programs of study and research in statistics. Degree programs lead to the Master of Arts or Master of Science in applied statistics, the Master of Arts or Master of Science in statistics, and the Doctor of Philosophy in statistics. These may be pursued by full-time and part-time students. The department also provides courses for students engaged in graduate studies in other disciplines requiring statistics and for individuals requiring specialized statistical skills in the workplace. Full details of all programs and departmental regulations are available on the website at the address listed below.

Contact Information

Chair: Satish Iyengar
Main Office:1800 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Graduate Admissions Administrator: Jay Drummond

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Statistics, Academic Coordinator. 1800 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-8280. E-mail:


A basic requirement for admission to the graduate program in statistics is the completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or the completion of a level of education that the University of Pittsburgh deems comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not already completed a degree program in a U.S. college or university are required to submit either the TOEFL (administered by the Educational Testing Service) or the IELTS (administered by Cambridge University, Local Examinations Syndicate). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.

Decisions regarding admission are based on the applicant’s official credentials, grade point averages, and the availability of faculty and facilities to meet the applicant’s expressed academic or research needs and interests. With limited space available, not all qualified applicants can be admitted.

The minimal course requirements for admission into the graduate programs of the Department of Statistics are:

  • Three terms of calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • One year of probability and statistics, preferably an introductory mathematical statistics sequence

Students lacking some of these prerequisites may be admitted provisionally at the discretion of the Graduate Committee. In addition, students intending to pursue the PhD should either have taken a one-term course in advanced calculus, or be prepared to take such a course in the first year of graduate study.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students (PhD only) is provided in the form of teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, tuition scholarships, and loans. Application for financial aid should be made on the application form for admission to graduate study. All applications for financial assistance are reviewed in the department with award decisions made on the basis of prior academic excellence and achievement and perceived potential for contributions to the field of statistics.

Students applying for fellowships or assistantships for the fall term should file their applications no later than January 15 of the same year.

Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Statistics or Applied Statistics

The department encourages its students to obtain a broad background in statistics, including both methods and theory courses, regardless of whether they specialize in applied statistical methodology or in statistical theory. Consequently, two-term sequences in applied statistical methods (STAT 2131 -STAT 2132 ) and intermediate mathematical statistics (STAT 2630 -STAT 2640 ) are common to all master’s degree programs offered by the department, and are also generally taken by students whose goal is the PhD in statistics.


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